Animal behavior observation
Observing animal behavior is done in a wide variety of research areas, from fundamental neurosciences to wildlife behavior studies or farm animal welfare studies. Behavior annotation – what used to be a pen & paper job, is now far more than noting down timestamps and an ethogram. Although that is still the basic idea, The Observer XT allows you to do anything from the collection of data and data integration to reliability analysis and presentation.
The Observer XT is used in over 13,500 publications. This user-friendly software package allows multiple signals (video, audio, physiology, etc) to be synchronized and analyzed together, making it the ideal tool for many researchers.
Behavioral annotation made easy
The Observer XT is designed to reduce the amount of work and simplify behavioral coding. The time of each code is recorded automatically and errors are prevented by an on-line check.
Watch the video to learn more about behavioral annotation. Request a free trial to get to know the software yourself.
Observe behavior on-the-go
Pocket Observer was designed for ambulatory and outdoor observations. It is a special add-on for live coding that runs on smartphones, handheld computers, tablets, and on rugged devices that are suitable for outdoor use. Even in hostile environments, such as tropical rainforests and deserts, you can count on Pocket Observer.
The interface of Pocket Observer is especially designed for live behavioral scoring. And just like with The Observer XT, you can add behaviors while you are observing and score continuously as well as instantaneously (at set intervals).
AV recording made easy
Viso or MediaRecorder are ideal software tools for researchers that study animals at different locations (laboratories, stables, in the zoo) or from different angles, and that want to combine these recordings into one video file and with The Observer XT or EthoVision XT projects.
Noldus software tools have been validated in husbandry and welfare studies, domestic pets studies, and several neuroscience applications.
Here is a small selection of papers that mention the use of The Observer XT.
- Gilbert-Norton, L.B.; Wilson, R.R,.; Shivik, J.A. (2013). The effect of social hierarchy on captive coyote (Canis lantrans) foraging behavior. Ethology, 119, 335-343.
- Webb, L.E.; Reenen, C.G. van; Jensen, M.B.; Schmitt, O.; Bokkers, E.A.M. (2015). Does temperament affect learning in calves? Applied Animal Behaviour Science, doi: 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.01.013.
- Wang, X.; Bey, A.L.; Katz, B.M.; Badea, A.; Kim, N.; David, L.K.; Duffney, L.J.; Kumar, S.; Mague, S.D.; Hulbert, S.W.; Dutta, N.; Hayrapetyan, V.; Yu, C.; Gaidis, E.; Zhao, S.; Ding, J-D.; Xu, Q.; Chung, L.; Rodriguiz, R.M.; Wang, F.; Weinberg, R.J.; Wetsel, W.C.; Dzirasa, K.; Yin, H.; Jiang, Y-H. (2016). Altered mGluR5-Homer scaffolds and corticostriatal connectivity in a Shank3 complete knockout model of autism. Nature Communications, Doi: 10.1038/ncomms11459.